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Indonesia shipping logjams expected to worsen after Ramadan

Container shortages already costly, as demand spike for holiday looms

Containers stacked at the Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta: Demand from consumers stuck at home has driven a global shortage of shipping containers.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- With the coronavirus-induced shortage of shipping containers wreaking havoc on cargo transport to and from Indonesia, companies operating in the country expect further disruptions to their supply chains during an upcoming holiday to mark the end of Ramadan.

Demand for furniture, electronics and other household items has surged during the pandemic as more people bunker down at home, fueling a global container shortage. Efforts to curb the spread of the virus at ports have lengthened loading and unloading times, exacerbating the logistical logjam.

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